Insurance is an important aid to commerce, industry, and private citizens, alike. Every small business, large enterprise, or individual can develop a substantial number of risks and uncertainties throughout their life and growth cycles.
It may involve the risk to:
Property, goods and personal possessions may be damaged or destroyed due to:
Many of these risks can be avoided by using industry proven techniques known as Risk Management. The process of risk management includes the practice of identifying and analyzing your exposure to loss and taking steps to minimize these exposures to levels acceptable to your company or you personally. This often involves methods or procedures that require direct insurance.
There are five basic types of risk management techniques that can be used to handle your exposures to loss. These include:
For example, developing a strict safety policy and enforcing a strict safety program that requires preventive maintenance and safety checks on machinery and vehicles helps reduce losses caused by defective and poorly maintained equipment. Most companies have a safety policy, but results come from the enforcement of the safety program that supports that policy.
For example, fire sprinkler and suppression systems reduce the size and severity of damage to your building and its contents if a fire loss were to occur. There is always tremendous liability associated with property fires.
Deductibles are the simplest example of retaining risk. If you consistently have large cash reserves from income, it may be in your best interest to have a larger deductible, which reduces your annual insurance premium. This means you may be responsible for the first $1000, $1500 or $2500 of damage to your insured property. Your qualified insurance adviser helps analyze the cost savings, in premium, determining if there is a reasonable benefit to taking a larger deductible versus establishing a smaller deductible and retaining less risk.
The most common instances of hold harmless agreements are those used by General Contractors with their many subcontractors. Subcontractors are subject to the General Contractors dictated limits of insurance that cover the potential losses due to accidents, shoddy workmanship, or unforeseen delays in completing their portion of a project.
These five principles of risk management are designed to employ the best methods possible to eliminate, prevent, reduce or transfer your risk exposure and avoid losses. Many risks can be avoided by implementing timely precautions, but some are just unavoidable, and beyond the control of a business or property owner. These unavoidable risks should be protected by insurance.
If your Risk Manager or Insurance agent isn’t talking to you about these principles of risk management, I am available to have that conversation with you to verify there aren’t gaps in your insurance portfolio. Get a “second look” for free. I live insurance and believe in the work I do for my clients. I’ll earn your trust, every step of the way!
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